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My name is Danielle, I've been here on sparkpeople a long time, and this place has changed my life. I'm not gonna get into every detail about my journey because I could write a book. Through the use of this site and the will of God, in all my ups and downs, I've lost around 160 lbs- that includes weight I've had to re lose after gaining in my pregnancies. I've tried to leave and use other ways of weight loss and always end up back here because this is ...
My name is Danielle, I've been here on sparkpeople a long time, and this place has changed my life. I'm not gonna get into every detail about my journey because I could write a book. Through the use of this site and the will of God, in all my ups and downs, I've lost around 160 lbs- that includes weight I've had to re lose after gaining in my pregnancies. I've tried to leave and use other ways of weight loss and always end up back here because this is the only place that has worked.
I use sparkpeople as a tool that supplements my plan of eating in Overeaters Anonymous. I'm working those 12 steps, and being apart of sparkpeople helps to do that.
For me this journey has been a very personal spiritual one. I've found over the years that I have binge eating disorder, which is basically like bulimia without the purging, and that one of the reasons I struggle with it so bad stem from traumatic events in my childhood and teenage years. Through my recovery I've had to face these things and ask for forgiveness from people I've hurt with my disease, and forgive those who hurt me
People have often asked me what I've done to lose weight, here's what worked for me:
1. Start slow. Don't try to do it all at once, you will burn out and likely quit... At least that's how it went with me. Do one thing at a time, like make a goal to walk 3 times in one week and meet it, that's it. The next week keep the Walking goal and add in eating more vegetables. So on and so forth.
2. Look at the process as a positive thing. Not "I can't eat this, I need to avoid that, I failed here" say things like, "I'm going to move more, eat more vegetables, eat more fruit."
3.weigh once a week, record it and own it. Do it in the morning, butt naked if you can, before you've eaten anything. Ignore all other scales (like the one at the gym or the doctors office). Remember its just a number, a number that only measures how hard gravity pushes on you, that's all. Go by other measurements if you can.
4. If you don't like running, don't do it. If you don't like the gym, don't go. If you hate work out videos, don't do them. I've found that I will exercise longer and harder doing something I love vs. something I dislike. I like swimming, i like hiking, i like playing with my kids... I get most of my exercise that way.
5. Get connected. Make friends on here. Join a challenge (the 5% challenges are awesome). Participate. When you are struggling, come here and vent. Aska question in a forum. Reach out and read others blogs and posts, answer them.
6.Get educated. Read the articles spark has on the main page. Sign up for daily emails, read them, collect points for it. I know so much more than I ever learned as a kid about healthy eating and exercise, and that knowledge empowers me.
7. Get inspired. I read scripture every day and meditate on it. I check out people on here who have succeeded and read their stories. Watch biggest lower while doing jumping jacks and pushups.
8. Reward yourself. Make goals and a reward for yourself when you reach it that is not food.
9. Tell people about what you're doing. You might inspire someone to join you or at least have to be accountable because you know they might ask you how you're doing.
10. Lastly, have FUN. Enjoy yourself. Feel the changes in your body. Allow yourself to be excited. And never give up, no matter how many times you slip up, get up and keep going.
| Pounds lost: 14.0
Member Since: 7/2/2006
Fitness Minutes: 32,015
Quit drinking pop
Eat more fruits and vegetables
To eventually cut out most processed carbs
Get down to 200 lbs
Get to my goal weight of 175
To switch over to an organic diet
To walk every day with my family
Plan WHAT and WHEN I will eat, and ONLY eat then.
at least 10 minutes of movement a day
strength training every other day
I'm a huge Jesus Freak.
I'm a stay at home mom.
I have 2 children:
Abigail (Abby) 4.26.12
I'm an avid reader. I love the library and the bible!!
I LOVE to cook and try new recipes.
Columbus College of Art and Design Alumni 2008- Bachelor's of Fine Art
Sylvania Southview Alumni 2003